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Subj: Re: Here's some fun information
Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 02:30:55 am EDT (Viewed 123 times)
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- The recently canceled ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN was one of only four titles published by DC Comics that saw an increase in sales with the most recent numbers.

- It was the fourth highest selling of DC's eight Digital-First titles.

- It was outselling the non-canceled SMALLVILLE and BATWING.

It could be that Adventures of Superman, unlike Smallville, is an expensive book to produce and the sales aren't making it worthwhile?
It's a shame granted, but with digital sales largely a mystery the publisher likely has the hard data by which to base the decision on. Of course though looking at the rest of the chart makes for appalling reading...

"DC still fell short of their top competitor Marvel by about 9% in both dollar and unit share, as Marvel have many more comics that perform in the 50-70K unit space than DC does. And average sales hit the lowest level since the New 52 began."

Superman Unchained - Despite it not being seven issues old yet next issue is delayed till mid-May (as of now), final two issues pulled altogether from the schedules?!
Amidst a sea of other delayed books Jim-Co Publisher-Lee is setting a mighty fine example...

Action Comics down to 34'000 ?

Superman hitting 33'000.

Supergirl has fallen to 22'000.

Superboy is still being published despite sinking to 15'000?!

Wonder Woman down to 30'000.

Teen Titans sinking to 25'000

Green Lantern non-core titles down to 25'000

And how on earth did Stormwatch make it even close to issue #29 with sales like that?! \(pirate\)

I can see why DCs sales stink, too many poor books, It is as simple as that. These last eight months the standard (such as it was) has really slipped across the board, a lot of their books have never quite found their identity after the 2011 rebooting, and some of that can be laid at the feet of unstable creative teams and more directly an absence of creative vision at the reboot stage. It has been a case of style over substance for the most part.

I shall look at those sales and cross-compare when I get more time, it's all very interesting. Marvel comics though really do impress with their superior management and creative direction, by contrast I have no idea where DC are going next... definitely not with their average sales looking like that.

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